Top the average end user, having to store files locally before transferring them into the cloud often appears to be both a waste of effort and disk space. What many of them really want is to be able to think of the cloud as replacement for their local hard drive.
With that goal in mind, Huddle has released Huddle Connected Desktop, a cloud service that allows end users to access and store any file directly into the Huddle cloud services, thereby eliminating the need to save files locally before storing them in the cloud.
According to Andy McLoughlin, executive vice president of strategy for Huddle, the way people work has forever been changed via the cloud. In effect, the cloud has become the computer. The presentation and input layer are now on a thin client device, which end users can simply save into the cloud.
By providing that capability, Huddle is essentially trying to take collaboration in the cloud to a higher level by making interactions between any locally running application and any files in the cloud as seamless as possible.
Of course, the degree to which organizations will standardize on cloud service to manage their workflow remains to be seen. But for those that do, it’s pretty clear that once they make the decision to jump to the cloud, the primary issues becomes how seamless the user experience actually is. If Huddle has its way, the interaction with the cloud is about to become seamless to the point that the user doesn’t really even know whether the file is actually stored locally or in the cloud.